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Poster: grendelschoice Date: Feb 13, 2007 3:56am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: most UNDERRATED/OVERRATED years?

Oh yes--5-17-77 1/2 step IS a winner...I could've mentioned that one as well (as it being an overall amazing show).

That's my point--I would never say objectively you can insist any one year is THE best...but you CAN objectively say whether a year is overrated...there are just too many examples of universally agreed-upon outstanding shows from '77 to put it in that category. Dick's first pick was from '77 and many many others followed. For good reason.

BTW, I agree on your assesment of 1978 as underrated. I've just been discovering some gems from that year, including 4/16/78, 4/12/78, 1/22/78, and 4/24/78 among others.

I see it as a high powered year of shows, albeit sloppier than 1977. The tightness of the playing that year is a major reason I love '77, but I can see how it may come across as slightly too polished for some likings. But Overrated? No sir.